Commander of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Task Force Brig. Gen. William King IV spoke at a National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) event at Aberdeen Proving Ground this week.
During his presentation, King detailed how the battalion has taken action to address gaps in performance in areas relating to contamination mitigation, situational awareness, characterization and protection through specialized training and a focus on warfighting assessments.
"The uncertainty of the rapidly changing strategic environment, with a host of potential adversaries having increasing access to CBRNE capabilities and technology, requires an Army with integrated, tailorable and scalable CBRNE capability," King said. "The 20th CBRNE Command has the unique CBRNE capabilities that have been proven in combat."
He also detailed many of the service capacities of the CBRNE unit, including CBRNE defense, captured material exploitation, support for destruction and monitoring, counter-improvised explosive devices (C-IED) and elimination operations.
The majority of King’s presentation was focused on what the 20th CBRNE Command is doing to prepare itself against potential threats and how counter-CBRNE capabilities are integrated into overall warfighting missions.
The event was a quarterly breakfast event with approximately 70 attendees from the federal government and industry professionals in the area of CBRNE mitigation.